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Delete: The Virtue Of Oblivion. An Interview To Viktor Mayer-schonberger Simona Fiore

capability of keeping all the data concerning ourselves be harmful for us and if so, in which ways? And which are, in the end, the ways to follow that might be considered as solutions? These are the issues that Viktor Mayer Schönberger, head of the Information and Innovation Policy Research Centre at the National University of Singapore, which was founded with the intention of exploring and understanding information’s role within markets and society, especially for what concerns our innovation skills , exposes and scrutinizes in his last book Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (Princeton University Press, 2009).

In our digital era we have a large number of technologic devices at our disposal, that allow us to store informations about ourselves, and fulfills our greets ambition as human beings: a perfect, or rather quasiperfect memory. This being consequentially followed by a deep turnover between the mechanisms of memory and oblivion: in analog media era, the action of forgetting is a natural biological process; to memorize, on the other hand, was more difficult and had certain costs. In contemporary digital society

All this are to be considered as matters of primary interest for our society, them being deeply related to the privacy issue and what’s more them being pushing us towards a increased awareness in the use we make of the Internet as of the large number of digital devices, a nowadays such consistent presence in our lives.

remembrance is a default operation, while forgetting has instead become a longer and more difficult process. Which might be the repercussions of this consistent turnover on human beings and on our society? Can the

In the interview that Professor Mayer Schömberg has kindly released, we went over the key points of his book,

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DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

DIGIMAG 52 - MARCH 2010  

Digimag was one of the most important international magazines focused on the impact of media technologies on art, design and contemporary cu...

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